Monday, September 17, 2007

dispatch from the syracuse airport

My talk went okay, as these things go. My tendency not to sleep well when I travel continued, and so I was tired. I'll be happy to be back in Chicago, where I won't be doing any plane travel for a month and have a good chance to settle in and find a productive equilibrium.

Before the talk, I got an e-mail saying that it was a good thing I wasn't giving the talk two days later, as Wednesday is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Although having a parrot on my shoulder might have added some color to otherwise bland slides.

After the talk, someone came up and asked me if I knew that four out of the five people who voted to delete my Wikipedia entry are, according to their profiles, members of the Singaporean Defense Forces. (?!)

In perhaps a related phenomenon to how you only get free wireless anymore in cheap hotels, free wireless here in the Syracuse airport.


Tom Bozzo said...

The free wireless was just about the only saving grace the last time I was stuck at SYR (delay on NWA, surprise surprise), esp. since some minor remodeling made the waiting areas unusually seating-challenged.

I'd be very interested to find out what the uptake is on MSN's wireless, which is basically priced (by the day) like hub airport services. Must be the genius who deployed all those airplane phones at work again.

lphons said...

I don't know what is more scary-funny-scary, the fact that you will have to watch your back if you ever give a talk at Singapore U or the fact that there are adults at a certain academic institution in upstate NY who are researching who deleted your Wikipedia entry! Both leave me with a distinct icky feeling and my name ain't even "Freese."

jeremy said...

I think checking who deleted my Wikipedia entry probably took less than two minutes, so falls under the two-minute rule where anything goes for time use.